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Belgium

Belgian Military Stats

Definitions

  • Active Ground Forces > Active Personnel > 2008: Strength of active personnel in ground forces of European Union member states in 2008. Figures do not include personnel in navy and air force.
  • Active military personnel: Active military personnel.
  • Active military personnel per thousand people: Active military personnel. Figures expressed per thousand people for the same year.
  • Air force > C-130 transport aircraft: C-130.
  • Air force > Combat aircraft: Number of fighter aircrafts (fixed wing aircrafts with combat capability).
  • Air force > Combat aircraft per million people: Number of fighter aircrafts (fixed wing aircrafts with combat capability). Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Air force > F-16 fighers: F-16.
  • Air force > United States air force deployments: USAF.

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  • Armed forces growth: Growth in the number of armed forces personnel from 1985 (index = 100) to 2000. 100 means no growth, 50 means it halved and 200 means it doubled.
  • Armed forces personnel: Total armed forces (2000)
  • Armed forces personnel > Total: Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organisation, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces."
  • Armed forces personnel per 1000: Total armed forces (2000). Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Arms imports > Constant 1990 US$: Arms transfers cover the supply of military weapons through sales, aid, gifts, and those made through manufacturing licenses. Data cover major conventional weapons such as aircraft, armored vehicles, artillery, radar systems, missiles, and ships designed for military use. Excluded are transfers of other military equipment such as small arms and light weapons, trucks, small artillery, ammunition, support equipment, technology transfers, and other services.
  • Army > Armoured vehicles: Armoured vehicle.
  • Army > Main battle tanks: Number of main battle tanks.
  • Army > Main battle tanks per million people: Number of main battle tanks. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Army > Towed artillery units: Towed artillery.
  • Army > United States army deployments: Army.

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  • Branches: The names of the ground, naval, air, marine, and other defense or security forces
  • Budget: Annual defense budget in billion USD.
  • Budget per million people: Annual defense budget in billion USD. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Conscription: A description of the status of conscription in the nation in 1997.
  • Defence spending > Percent of GDP: Defense expenditure as percentage of GDP. Figures are for the year 2010.
  • Expenditure > Current LCU: Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilization, conversion, and destruction of weapons. This definition cannot be applied for all countries, however, since that would require much more detailed information than is available about what is included in military budgets and off-budget military expenditure items. (For example, military budgets might or might not cover civil defense, reserves and auxiliary forces, police and paramilitary forces, dual-purpose forces such as military and civilian police, military grants in kind, pensions for military personnel, and social security contributions paid by one part of government to another.)
  • Expenditures > Dollar figure: Current military expenditures in US dollars; the figure is calculated by multiplying the estimated defense spending in percentage terms by the gross domestic product (GDP) calculated on an exchange rate basis not purchasing power parity (PPP) terms. Dollar figures for military expenditures should be treated with caution because of different price patterns and accounting methods among nations, as well as wide variations in the strength of their currencies
  • Expenditures > Dollar figure per capita: Current military expenditures in US dollars; the figure is calculated by multiplying the estimated defense spending in percentage terms by the gross domestic product (GDP) calculated on an exchange rate basis not purchasing power parity (PPP) terms. Dollar figures for military expenditures should be treated with caution because of different price patterns and accounting methods among nations, as well as wide variations in the strength of their currencies. Figures expressed per capita for the same year.
  • Expenditures > Percent of GDP: Current military expenditures as an estimated percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Global Peace Index: The Global Peace Index is comprised of 22 indicators in the three categories ongoing domestic or international conflicts; societal safety; and security and militarization. A low index value indicates a peaceful and safe country.
  • Gulf War Coalition Forces: Number of troops who served on active duty in the Gulf War theater of operations between August 2, 1990, and June 13, 1991.
  • Imports > USD: Arms transfers cover the supply of military weapons through sales, aid, gifts, and those made through manufacturing licenses. Data cover major conventional weapons such as aircraft, armored vehicles, artillery, radar systems, missiles, and ships designed for military use. Excluded are transfers of other military equipment such as small arms and light weapons, trucks, small artillery, ammunition, support equipment, technology transfers, and other services."
  • Manpower > Reaching military age annually > Males: The number of draft-age males and females entering the military manpower pool in any given year and is a measure of the availability of draft-age young adults.
  • Manpower reaching military age annually > Males: This entry is derived from Military > Manpower reaching military age annually, which gives the number of males and females entering the military manpower pool (i.e., reaching age 16) in any given year and is a measure of the availability of military-age young adults.
  • Military branches: This entry lists the service branches subordinate to defense ministries or the equivalent (typically ground, naval, air, and marine forces).
  • Military expenditure > Current LCU: Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilisation, conversion, and destruction of weapons. This definition cannot be applied for all countries, however, since that would require much more detailed information than is available about what is included in military budgets and off-budget military expenditure items. (For example, military budgets might or might not cover civil defense, reserves and auxiliary forces, police and paramilitary forces, dual-purpose forces such as military and civilian police, military grants in kind, pensions for military personnel, and social security contributions paid by one part of government to another.)"
  • Military expenditures: This entry gives spending on defense programs for the most recent year available as a percent of gross domestic product (GDP); the GDP is calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). For countries with no military forces, this figure can include expenditures on public security and police.
  • Military service age and obligation: This entry gives the required ages for voluntary or conscript military service and the length of service obligation.
  • NATO > NATO reserves provided: Reserve personnel.

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  • Navy > Aircraft carriers: Number of aircraft carriers.
  • Navy > Aircraft carriers per million people: Number of aircraft carriers. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Navy > Corvette warships: Number of corvettes.
  • Navy > Corvette warships per million people: Number of corvettes. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Navy > Cruisers: Number of cruisers.
  • Navy > Destroyers: Number of destroyers.
  • Navy > Frigates: Number of frigates.
  • Navy > Nuclear submarines: Number of nuclear submarines.
  • Navy > Patrol boats: Number of patrol boats (Includes minesweepers).
  • Navy > Submarines: Number of patrol boats (includes minesweepers).
  • Navy > Submarines per million people: Number of patrol boats (includes minesweepers). Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Nuclear weapons > Non-Proliferation treaty sign date: Signed.

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  • Paramilitary personnel: Paramilitary.

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  • Personnel: Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.
  • Personnel > Per capita: Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Personnel per 1000: Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Service age and obligation: This entry gives the required ages for voluntary or conscript military service and the length of sevice obligation.
  • War deaths: Battle-related deaths are deaths in battle-related conflicts between warring parties in the conflict dyad (two conflict units that are parties to a conflict). Typically, battle-related deaths occur in warfare involving the armed forces of the warring parties. This includes traditional battlefield fighting, guerrilla activities, and all kinds of bombardments of military units, cities, and villages, etc. The targets are usually the military itself and its installations or state institutions and state representatives, but there is often substantial collateral damage in the form of civilians being killed in crossfire, in indiscriminate bombings, etc. All deaths--military as well as civilian--incurred in such situations, are counted as battle-related deaths."
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Active Ground Forces > Active Personnel > 2008 45,800 2008 8th out of 20
Active military personnel 31,894 2012 11th out of 26
Active military personnel per thousand people 2.86 2012 12th out of 26
Air force > C-130 transport aircraft 11 2013 3rd out of 4
Air force > Combat aircraft 69 1999 5th out of 11
Air force > Combat aircraft per million people 6.75 1999 7th out of 11
Air force > F-16 fighers 54 2013 3rd out of 6
Air force > United States air force deployments 442 2014 9th out of 26
Armed forces growth -57% 2000 120th out of 132
Armed forces personnel 39,000 2000 77th out of 166
Armed forces personnel > Total 39,000 2008 73th out of 160
Armed forces personnel per 1000 3.8 2000 78th out of 166
Arms imports > Constant 1990 US$ 17 million constant 1990 US$ 2004 61st out of 90
Army > Armoured vehicles 439 2013 18th out of 28
Army > Main battle tanks 35 2013 18th out of 21
Army > Main battle tanks per million people 12.91 1999 8th out of 10
Army > Towed artillery units 14 2013 17th out of 18
Army > United States army deployments 621 2014 6th out of 26
Branches Belgian Armed Forces: Land Operations Command, Naval Operations Command, Air Operations Command 2008
Budget 3.4 US$ BN 1999 3rd out of 11
Budget per million people 0.332 US$ BN 1999 5th out of 11
Conscription Conscription was abolished as of 1 January 1994 under the so-called Delacroix Bill of 6 July 1993 (WRI). 1997
Defence spending > Percent of GDP 1.24% 2009 19th out of 27
Expenditure > Current LCU 3696000000 2005
Expenditures 1.3% of GDP 2005 57th out of 75
Expenditures > Dollar figure $4.00 billion 2003 21st out of 111
Expenditures > Dollar figure per capita $385.40 2003 16th out of 109
Expenditures > Percent of GDP 1.3% 2005 114th out of 153
Global Peace Index 1.34 2013 24th out of 33
Gulf War Coalition Forces 400 1991 22nd out of 30
Imports > USD 171 million 2008 30th out of 86
Manpower > Reaching military age annually > Males 64,659 2008 96th out of 224
Manpower available for military service > Males age 16-49 2013 78th out of 161
Manpower fit for military service > Males age 16-49 2013 75th out of 225
Manpower reaching military age annually > Males 59,665 2012 97th out of 224
Military branches Belgian Armed Forces: Land Operations Command, Naval Operations Command, Air Operations Command 2012
Military expenditure > Current LCU 3.87 billion 2009 75th out of 116
Military expenditures 1.3% of GDP 2005 27th out of 40
Military service age and obligation 18 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; conscription abolished in 1994 2012
NATO > Current members > Date April 4 1949 1949
NATO > NATO reserves provided 100,500 2014 11th out of 26
Navy > Aircraft carriers 0.0 1999 11th out of 11
Navy > Aircraft carriers per million people 0.0 1999 11th out of 11
Navy > Corvette warships 0.0 1999 8th out of 8
Navy > Corvette warships per million people 0.0 1999 8th out of 8
Navy > Cruisers 0.0 1999 6th out of 6
Navy > Destroyers 0.0 1999 7th out of 7
Navy > Frigates 2 2011 10th out of 10
Navy > Nuclear submarines 0.0 1999 6th out of 6
Navy > Patrol boats 2 2011 12th out of 13
Navy > Submarines 0.0 1999 8th out of 8
Navy > Submarines per million people 0.0 1999 8th out of 8
Nuclear weapons > Non-Proliferation treaty sign date 20 Aug 1968 (L, M, W) 2014
Paramilitary personnel 0.0 2014 116th out of 147
Personnel 37,000 2005 83th out of 160
Personnel > Per capita 3.53 per 1,000 people 2005 96th out of 160
Personnel per 1000 3.53 2005 96th out of 159
Service age and obligation 18 years of age for voluntary military service; conscription suspended 2008
War deaths 0.0 2008 53th out of 195
Weapon holdings 793,000 2001 72nd out of 137

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